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Distinction wishes you a Happy Youth Day 2018

The United Nations marked the 12th of August as a day to celebrate youth in 1999. It was introduced to recognize the contributions of young people to peace efforts around the globe. Every year, there is a theme that accompanies the celebrations and this year, it is...
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Singapore National Day 2018: Story of the Island’s Birth

National day is just around the corner but how many of us remember the story of our little island’s birth? Celebrated on the 9th of August every year, National Day commemorates our independence from Malaysia in 1965, 2 years after the British left their sovereignty...
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International Tiger Day 2018

The 29th of July marks International Tiger Day this year, a day to celebrate these majestic striped cats. Did you know that an adult male tiger can weigh up to 363kg? That makes them the biggest cats in the world! They are usually solitary hunters and are excellent...
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Everyone Has an Accent

Haven’t you ever wondered, how weird it is that although almost everyone from almost every country today can speak some English – none of us really sound the same, even though it’s the same language? For example, English from an Australian is different from that of an...
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‘The pen is mightier than the sword.’ Can written language really be so powerful?

Mao Zedong, the Chinese statesman, leader and hardheaded realist of Communist China, is perhaps most remembered for his belief that ‘Power flows from the barrel of the gun.’ In this one succinct quote, Mao encapsulated the derisive view which anti-intellectuals and...
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Should poorer countries develop their tourist industry when the basic needs of their people are not met?

The forces of globalization in the 21st century have led to vastly improved and increased opportunities for the economic environment and tourist industries of poor countries worldwide. For many, conventional wisdom holds that tourism is the silver bullet that helps...
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Student Essay: Acceptance

Bee Chin clutched the flimsy piece of paper in one hand while searching for the familiar kasot manek (peranakan bead slippers). Since young she had learnt to identify her mother, be it through the heavy crowd during the Great Singapore Sale or the Sunday bustle of...
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Student Essay: There’s a Price Tag to Everything

The day I dreaded most had come. Pulling the blanket over my head to block out the blinding sunlight streaming into my room, I could hear Mother nagging at me : “Remember Casey, if you don’t score above 260, you’re not to step out of this house until holidays are...
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Describing a Place

“The Ridley Place jutted into a sharp curve beyond our house. Walking south, one faced its porch; the sidewalk turned and ran beside the lot. The house was low, was once white with a deep front porch and green shutters, but had long ago darkened to the colour of...
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What is expected of a distinction grade argumentative essay?

In terms of Arguments Engage the issues raised in the question Demonstrate understanding of the controversial nature of the issues at hand Give local, regional and global examples, both current and/or historical Write cogently and logically with a balanced, mature and...
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Notes on writing an argumentative essay

Notes on writing an narrative essay

Notes on writing an expository essay

Notes on writing a descriptive essay

The goal of descriptive writing is to paint a vivid word picture either to inform or to entertain. The focus of the description could be person / people, thing(s), place or experience. A good description allows the readers to visualize and hence engage in a vicarious experience. Consider the following examples written by some well known professional writers:



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